Robert Hill - UCL Institute of Education
will contribute to modules 1 and 3. Robert is a Visiting Professor at UCL IOE. His CV includes periods as a policy adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair and other Cabinet ministers, senior research manager for the Audit Commission, management consultant, social policy researcher and, more latterly, as an independent education consultant. Between 1997-2001 Robert worked in the No 10 Policy Unit as the Prime Minister’s adviser on health issues. In 2001 he was appointed as the Prime Minister’s political secretary. When Charles Clarke became Education Secretary in October 2002 Robert joined him as his special adviser, advising him on school improvement, skills and childcare policy. Robert now works as an independent education consultant supporting schools, government agencies and other educational organisations, helping them to think about, implement and assess school improvement and education policy. Robert has co-authored two reviews for the National College of National Leaders of Education and National Support Schools. In March 2012 the National College published an authoritative study on the impact and leadership of academy chains prepared by a team led by Robert.
Toby Greany - UCL Institute of Education
will contribute to module 1 and will facilitate one Regional Learning Set. Toby is Professor of Leadership and Innovation and Director of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning , a centre within UCL IOE which runs the MBA in Educational Leadership and a range of other professional and post-graduate leadership programmes. Toby has undertaken research on academy leadership (Education Select Committee, 2014) and the self-improving school-led system (ASCL, 2014; Nuffield Foundation and EDT, 2014-16). Before joining UCL IOE Toby was Director of Research and Policy and Executive Director of Leadership Development at NCSL for seven years. He has also worked for the Design Council, the Campaign for Learning, as Special Adviser to the Education and Skills Select Committee and for the Cabinet Office. He has taught in Brazil, China and the UK. He is a trustee of the Transform academy trust in Nottingham.
Sir David Carter - National Schools Commissioner
Sir David Carter became National Schools Commissioner on 1 February 2016, having previously worked for 18 months as Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West. Sir David is the former CEO of the Cabot Learning Federation, a post he held from September 2007 to August 2014.
Sir David is a music graduate of the University of London and has taught music in comprehensive schools across the country since he started teaching in September 1983. In 1997, he became headteacher of Cirencester Deer Park School in Gloucestershire. In 2003 Sir David joined the DfE to spearhead the National Remodelling Team, supporting primary, special and secondary schools to introduce the workforce remodelling programme.
In 2004, Sir David was appointed Principal of John Cabot City Technology College in Bristol and led the formation of the Cabot Learning Federation, now made up of 12 schools. He became one of the first National Leaders of Education and in the summer of 2011, the Cabot Learning Federation successfully applied to become one of the first Teaching Schools in the country. Sir David received a knighthood for his services to education in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2013.
Dame Nicola Brewer - Vice-Provost (International), UCL
Before joining UCL in May 2014, Nicola was a British diplomat at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She was British High Commissioner to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland from May 2009 to September 2013.
As Vice-Provost (International), Nicola is responsible for UCL’s Global Engagement Strategy: London’s Global University working with partners to achieve fair solutions to global challenges. She supervises one of UCL’s four Schools, the Institute of Education.
Nicola is also Gender Equality Champion on UCL’s Senior Management Team.
Nicola has lived and worked in South Africa, India, France and Mexico. She joined the board of the Department for International Development in 2002 as Director General Regional Programmes, and moved back to the FCO as Director General Europe in 2004 for the UK’s last Presidency of the EU. Nicola became the first Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in March 2007, a role she held until May 2009.
Nicola studied English at the University of Leeds, graduating in 1980. She then got her PhD in Linguistics at Leeds in 1988. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) in the 2011 Birthday Honours List.
She is a Trustee of Sentebale, a charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. Sentebale helps vulnerable children, the forgotten victims of poverty and Lesotho’s HIV/AIDS epidemic.
She is also a Non-Executive Director of Aggreko plc, since March 2016.
Sir Stephen Bubb - Director, Charity Futures Project, ACEVO
Sir Stephen Bubb is the director of Charity Futures, a new project that promotes better charity leadership and governance.
He was Chief Executive of the charity leaders network ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations) for 15 years until spring 2016. ACEVO is a dynamic and high-profile organisation that supports and represents leaders in civil society. In this role he was highly influential in determining government policy on the third sector, particularly for its role delivering public services.
For 10 years he also chaired the Social Investment Business, the UK’s largest social investor, and is a trustee of Helen and Douglas House Hospice, the world's first children's hospice. He is a public appointments assessor.
Stephen’s recent national roles have included reporting on choice and competition in the NHS, for the Prime Minister in 2011, and writing a major report for Government in 2014, ‘Winterbourne View – time for action’, which called for radical reform in the way we care for people with learning disabilities in the twenty-first century.
He has been in national roles at TGWU, NUT and AMA (Association of Metropolitan Authorities), and was the Founding Personnel Director of the National Lottery Charities Board. He was a Councillor in Lambeth and an active member of the health authorities for Guys and St Thomas’ hospitals over two decades. Born and brought up in Kent, he read PPE at Christ Church, Oxford. He lives in Lambeth and Charlbury in the Cotswolds. He has been a Youth Court Magistrate, Open University Tutor, non-Executive Director in the private sector, member of the Commonwealth Civil Society committee, Chair of an Orchestra and Founder of a Charity.
Sir Dan Moynihan - UCL Institute of Education
Sir Dan Moynihan is the CEO of the Harris Federation.
Sir Dan is now in his eleventh year as CEO of the Harris Federation. This academies group runs 41 academies in and around London as well as a thriving Teaching School.
All of its inspected academies have been rated ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ by Ofsted. Researchers at the Sutton Trust, PwC and Watchsted have singled out the Harris Federation for its performance. In the words of Lord Adonis, ‘Harris academies…are a byword for quality and excellence’.
The Harris Federation is led and run by teachers. Sir Dan began his career teaching economics in Tower Hamlets and has been the Headteacher of two ‘outstanding’ secondary schools. Under his leadership, Harris CTC became one of the most oversubscribed secondary schools in Croydon. He was knighted in 2012 in recognition for his services to education. Dan Chairs the UK Education Honours Committee and is an author of various Economics and Business textbooks for Oxford University Press.
Jim Berry - UCL School of Management
Jim Berry is an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) with the University College London - School of Management, where he has won several teaching awards as well as being a top rated researcher. He earned his PhD in Organizational Behaviour from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and continues to teach negotiations in their global MBA programs.
Jim is primarily engaged in the areas of creativity, innovation, negotiations, leading change, and strategic planning. His research is focused on how leaders can maximize the creativity of their employees and stakeholders to innovate and provide strategic direction for their organisations. His research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal and Organizational Research Methods. In practice, he has facilitated leadership, change management, innovation, and strategic planning efforts for groups including: Apple, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Goldman Sachs 10KSB, Honeywell, Lufthansa, and the Red Cross, among many others. Additionally, he has directed the development of a Strategic Innovation Program for growth businesses funded by the UK government. Jim brings a diverse background to his work, previously: founding a software company, starting a strategic consultancy group, leading technology R&D efforts, coaching Olympic athletes, and writing anti-terrorism textbooks.
Sir Steve Lancashire - REAch 2
Sir Steve has been involved in primary education for thirty years and as a Headteacher for the past twenty years, most recently as Executive Headteacher of Hillyfield Primary Academy. Hillyfield is a double outstanding school and REAch2 was founded on its success.
Sir Steve is a National Leader of Education and has been a lead adviser for the department for Education, taking the lead in supporting schools to move from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’.
As the founder and Chief Executive of REAch2, one of the largest and most successful primary academy trusts in the country, Sir Steve seeks to establish a family of schools that share his passion and drive to secure the best possible outcomes for primary aged children and to ensure that primary education has a strong national voice. Ensuring there is enough capacity in the education system to enhance existing good schools and to tackle the issue facing failing schools is at the heart of Sir Steve’s vision so that all young people have access to an exceptional education.
In 2015, Sir Steve helped to establish Reach4, a sister trust to REAch2, working with primary, secondary and all-through schools.
Sir Steve was Knighted for services to education in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in 2016.
Christine Quinn - RSC West Mids
Christine was previously the CEO and Executive Principal of Ninestiles Academy Trust; she was the first Executive Principal to lead the Trust since Ninestiles School became one of Birmingham’s first ‘convertor’ academies in January 2011. In March 2012 Ninestiles School became a Teaching School, leading an alliance of primaries and secondaries in the east of the city and the Trust now consists of four primary and three secondary schools.
During her career, which began in Leeds as an English teacher, Christine has also served as Headteacher of Waverly School and The International School, both in Birmingham, and both were the most improved in the city in 2003 and 2004 respectively.
Prior to being appointed CEO Executive Principal, Christine served as Principal of Ninestiles School which has been judged as ‘Outstanding’ in its last four Ofsted inspections, most recently October 2013. Christine was appointed a National Leader in Education in March 2012 and was a Trustee of the Birmingham Educational Partnership.
John Murphy - CEO, Oasis
Toby Salt - Ormiston Academies Trust
is the Chief Executive of Ormiston Academies Trust a not-for-profit, incorporated company and charity, formed in 2008 to manage academies sponsored by Ormiston Trust. To date, the Trust sponsors 32 academies across England with responsibility for 25,000 students and 3,500 staff. The ethos of Ormiston Trust is to remove barriers to learning by creating a network of inspirational and inclusive schools and academies that share the same values, but keep their own individual identity. OAT puts a premium on leadership and works to attract and develop the very best head teachers.
Previously, Toby was Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director at the National College for School Leadership, an executive agency providing leadership development and policy advice for schools and ministers.
Toby has worked in a variety of education leadership roles, most recently as Executive Head of a federation of three schools. He has led schools to achieve ‘outstanding’ gradings under Ofsted. In 2000 he was appointed by the Prime Minister as Director of the Department for Education Innovation Unit to lead innovation projects in education. In this role he worked closely as a senior civil servant with government ministers.